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Study Cards on wines, black, greece

What are the main black varieties of Greece?
Agiorgitiko and Xinomavro
(ex) Where is Agiorgitiko cultivated, what are key characteristics and the style of wine produced?
  • St. George - Black variety of Greece, most planted black.
  • 3rd grape of Greece
  • Mainly in Peloponnese and esp. PDO Nemea
  • Ripe red fruit and jammy (when extra ripe), sweet spices
  • Popular with consumers
  • Versatile: wide range of wines;
    • light and fruity, early drinking
    • full bodied, age worthy
    • Rosé; high quality
    • Sweet wines
Where is Xinomavro cultivated, what are key characteristics and the style of wine produced?
  • Most prized indigenous black variety of Greece
  • All over northern Greece, most famous in Naoussa (northern Macedonia)
  • Likened to Nebbiolo; high acidity and tannins, more vegetal than fruity
  • Pale to garnet
  • Benefits from long bottle ageing; likes oak, can age for decades
  • Complex aromas; flowers, herbs, spices, leather, earthiness
  • Change to more accessible wines; lower acidity, more fruit, new oak
  • Blending with Merlot to soften the edges
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